‘Uganda of 1986 more democratic than today’s teargas state’

Edith Ssempala

Former Ugandan ambassador to USA Edith Ssempala says President Yoweri Museveni’s government is walking further and further away from the path of democracy.

“It is Uganda that has walked away from recognized values,” she said on Monday, describing Museveni’s language in reference to the International Criminal Court as was “disheartening”.

Amb Sempala said the African Union is going back to the old African Union days.

“Those against ICC namely Uganda, Zimbabwe have reason(s) to fear,” she noted while appearing on NBS television.

Sempala says it is not right to cluster Ugandans as parties in agreement with Museveni’s views on ICC.

“Africa is not maturing; we are regressing on many fronts; governance, respect of human rights etc.”

She said the world needs to separate President Museveni’s views from national views, adding that his [Museveni’s] views on ICC are not the views of all Ugandans.

“The Uganda of 1986 is more democratic than the Uganda of today which is a teargas state.”

She said the walk out of the envoys from Museveni’s swearing in ceremony was a measured response.

“Even during their press conference, we heard no insults hurled. No country is 100% perfect. Yes, those criticizing us have their own issues but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t speak out.”

She added: “We ought to be non-aligned and have to pursue our interests but I don’t agree that we shouldn’t be accountable.”

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